France leaps to second place for first time, since 2009, while UK regains ground to remain third and Japan enters top five for first time since 2011. USA is only country showing overall decline in 2017. Germany shows major gains in Governance, People, and Culture.
Consumer sentiment within the EU 28 has continued its upward trend in the third quarter of this year, finishing on 20.9 points.
GfK forecasts a decrease in consumer climate for October of 0.1 points in comparison to the previous month to 10.8 points.
GfK forecasts an increase in consumer climate for September of 0.1 points in comparison to the previous month to 10.9 points.
The very positive mood among German consumers continues into July, too.
Findings of the GfK Consumer Climate Study for June 2017
Findings of the GfK Consumer Climate Study for Germany for May 2017
Findings of the GfK Consumer Climate Study for Germany for April 2017
The positive mood among European consumers has continued into the first quarter of 2017. At the end of December 2016, the consumer climate for the 28 EU countries had already risen to its highest level since January 2008. In January 2017, it further climbed by two points to 19.9 points, before settling at a level of 18.9 in March.
Consumer sentiment in Germany sends mixed signals in March. While economic expectation and the propensity to buy picked up again after a decline in the previous month, income expectations fell slightly. Because propensity to save also rose again in March, the consumer climate prognosis in April is 9.8 points, and thus slightly lower than the 10.0 points in March.
After a splendid start into 2017, consumer confidence in Germany suffers a minor setback in February. Both economic and income expectations, as well as propensity to buy are expected to decline. The consumer climate forecast for March is at 10.0 points following a level of 10.2 in February.
Results of the GfK Consumer Climate Europe study for the fourth quarter of 2016